Weight Management & Obesity (Adult) Program

Obesity affects approximately 70 million Americans. It is a complex metabolic disease that occurs as a result of both our genetic make-up and environmental forces. In simple terms, obesity arises from the consumption of too many calories relative to the amount of energy expended.

As a person's Body Mass Index (BMI) rises above 25, so does the risk of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

The Weight Management and Obesity Program at the University of Michigan was created to identify strategies that will result in long-term weight management for obese individuals, utilizing the latest research and clinical strategies. We are dedicated to educating, motivating, and empowering individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Program Requirements

Adult Program

Please note: This is a clinical and research program with restricted admittance. Patients must meet certain eligibility criteria. Patients are accepted and enrolled into program after comprehensive review by the multidisciplinary team.  All patients must meet one of the following BMI criteria:

  • A BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2-50 kg/m2*
  • A BMI = 32 kg/m2 with a weight-related health condition (e.g.: type 2 diabetes)
  • If Asian, a BMI ≥ 27 kg/m2-50 kg/m2*
  • * If BMI is > 50 kg/m2, patient or the referring physician may request a review by the WMP physician

Please use this BMI chart to find your BMI or use a standard BMI calculator found on the Internet.

Family Weight Management Program (FWMP)

The Family Weight Management Program includes members of the same household (parent and adolescent children (age 15+)) with obesity (BMI >= 32 kg/m2 with a health-related co-morbidity OR BMI>=35 OR >=27 kg/m (if Asian)) willing to commit to a 2-year intensive behavioral weight loss/maintenance program. As a member of the FWMP, participants will join a behavioral lifestyle program that includes regular visits to both a WMP physician and the WMP registered dietitians.

Principles of the Clinic

We believe in personalized medicine, not a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Many factors impact losing weight and keeping that weight off. We take an integrated approach to weight management by:

  • Assisting patients in attaining a healthy diet
  • Providing guidance in increasing physical activity
  • When appropriate, prescribing medications to help promote further weight loss and maintenance of weight loss


You must have BCBSM*, Blue Care Network, HAP or Priority Health to participate in this program. Costs for meal replacements that are employed as part of the individual weight loss program are the responsibility of the patient and are NOT covered by insurance. Some flexible spending accounts allow you to deduct the costs of meal replacement.

In addition, patients may be responsible for insurance co-pays for office visits and prescription medications. Costs for meal replacements that are employed as part of the individual weight loss program are also the responsibility of the patient.

*It is the patients responsibility to determine if services are a covered benefit.  For example, BCBS PPO plan holders may not be covered.

Overview of the Program

Diet - Patients are prescribed a very-low calorie diet that includes meal replacements during the first 12 weeks. Typical weight loss ranges between 15-25% from baseline weight.  Following this initial period, patients will be transitioned to a low-calorie diet using everyday foods tailored to their personal preferences. We provide education, counseling, guidance and behavioral support and use evidence-based strategies to facilitate long-term weight loss.

Physical Activity - Patients are required to perform 40 minutes of light to moderate physical activity (can be divided into 10 minute intervals) during the first 3 months and are graduated to a greater intensity and duration during the weight maintenance phase. Exercise physiologists can help tailor a program.

Application Steps

1. Review the ORIENTATION to the Weight Management Program:

2. Then take this Self-Assessment QUIZ:
Please review the information in the orientation ppt carefully.  You have three attempts to pass the quiz.  If you should repeatedly fail the quiz, you are ineligible to participate in this program.

3. Record the confirmation number from the QUIZ:

Please record the confirmation number that you receive after you have passed the Self-Assessment Quiz, and provide this to the appointment scheduler to prove that you reviewed the orientation information and passed the quiz.

4.  Optain a referral from your primary care physician

5. Complete the Initial Evaluation Form and the Questionnaires listed below

Before your appointment can be scheduled, you must send the completed Initial Evaluation Form and Questionnaire by faxing, emailing, mailing via the US postal service or dropping off at our clinic:

FAX: 734-998-1439
EMAIL:  MEND-DF-Callcenter@med.umich.edu

Domino’s Farms, Lobby C, Ste 1300
Attn:  MEND – WM
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48106-0451

Weight Management Program
Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes / Podiatry Clinic
Domino's Farms, Lobby C, Suite 1300
4000 Ave Maria Drive (use for GPS and map programs)
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Map and directions

6. Schedule your appointment:  866-266-5221 toll-free  or 734-647-5871 local

Instructions and Required Forms

Patient Letter

Please complete these forms/questionnaires and fax, email,  send or drop them off to the numbers/addresses provided above:

Research Opportunities:

You and your physician will decide which study is best suited for you during your assessment visit.

Our Care Team

Our staff of experienced providers are dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of obese and overweight individuals:

  • Amy E. Rothberg, M.D., DABOM, Professor and Director of the Weight Managment Clinic.
  • Andrew T. Kraftson, M.D., Associate Professor
  • Nevin Ajluni, M.D., Assistant Professor
  • Catherine Nay, M.Ed, R.D., C.S.O.W.M, C.H.E.S.
  • Megan Brown, M.P.H, R.D.
  • Nicole Miller, M.P.H., R.D.
  • Anna Konigsberg, L.M.S.W.
  • For a small fee, an exercise physiologist is available to design a fitness plan tailored to the individual.

Our research is sponsored by the Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, of which Randy Seeley, PhD, Professor of Surgery, is Director.


Below are links to PDF articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals about our research program and our patients' successes:

Contact Us

Phone: (734) 647-5871 or 866-266-5221 (toll-free)

Fax: 734-998-1439